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    3rd and 4th Grade Literature Dictionaries

    I wanted to share what I was working on after seeing the wonderful Greek Myths dictionary posted several months back. I made vocabulary dictionaries for my students (3rd and 4th grade) so that hopefully literature vocab will be something they can copy independently and their definitions will match the ones on the test. I did not include The Blue Fairy Book in 4th grade because those vocab sections already have a definition bank. I am sure there are some typos / mistakes I did look over them, but it was very late at night when I did most of the typing. Please let me know if there's anything that needs to be fixed.

    Also, I ran this by Tanya before posting and got her permission to share. I didn't want to infringe on anything.

    Hopefully this can help someone.
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    ~Michelle

    DD 12 (MP 7)
    DS 9 (Gap Year)
    DS 4 - Preschool
    DD 2 - Board Books and Chaos

    #2
    Re: 3rd and 4th Grade Literature Dictionaries

    Thanks for this!!!! I want to do this for 5A this year.
    Christina

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      #3
      Re: 3rd and 4th Grade Literature Dictionaries

      Originally posted by happyhappyjoyjoy View Post
      Thanks for this!!!! I want to do this for 5A this year.
      It actually didn't take nearly as long as I had thought it would. Once I had the format set up it was pretty quick. Good luck!!
      ~Michelle

      DD 12 (MP 7)
      DS 9 (Gap Year)
      DS 4 - Preschool
      DD 2 - Board Books and Chaos

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        #4
        Re: 3rd and 4th Grade Literature Dictionaries

        Thank you for sharing, Michelle.
        Katy
        2017-2018
        DD 8, 3A
        DS 4, Junior Kindergartem

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          #5
          Re: 3rd and 4th Grade Literature Dictionaries

          Thank you so much for all of the hard work and for sharing. I have had this on my "to do" list for WEEKS, and you have just saved me the effort.
          Cathy aka The Attached Mama
          2019-2020
          DS 12, 7th Grade
          DD 11, 6th Grade
          DS 5, K

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            #6
            Re: 3rd and 4th Grade Literature Dictionaries

            and the forum comes through for the win! whoop-whoop.

            I typed the very first definition for Farmer Boy and stopped. Wait, check the forum. Voila! It was here.

            yay!
            Married to DH for 14 years. Living the rural life in the Colorado mountains

            DS11- Simply Classical 5/6
            DD9- Simply Classical 5/6 (neurotypical, but schooling with big brother to save mom's sanity)
            DD 6- Classic Core First Grade

            We've completed:
            Classic Core Jr. kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
            Simply Classical levels B, C, 1, 2, 3, and 4.

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              #7
              I really appreciate you creating this - thank you!!

              These dictionaries provide just a few minutes of independence so this mama can catch up with the other spilling plates in the air...and there are many. I appreciate all who have created and shared these resources.

              Thank you! (with a big puffy heart!)

              Lauren

              Mama to 5 Sweet Ones

              2020-2021:
              10th grade DS: Mix of MP materials, MPOA, and local classes
              8th grade DD: 8M and 3rd Form with MPOA
              6th grade DD: Mostly 6M
              4th Grade DD: Mostly 4NU
              3.5 yo DS: Copious amounts of time outside beating on things with sticks; MP Preschool and Mom Extras 2-3 days a week

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                #8
                By the way, Adobe has a print setting where you can print this in booklet format. It was awesome! I just stapled it in the fold and off she went!
                Mama to 2

                Summer:
                MPK with SC1 Phonics & Math
                SY 20/21
                4A

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                  #9
                  THANK YOU for making these!!!! I'm very thankful for this community and for your generosity.

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                    #10
                    Is there a reason why parents are creating dictionaries specific to a class or grade level rather than having a child use an actual dictionary for all classes? It seems that it would delay learning proper dictionary usage and exposure to other possible meanings of the word. (Also the experience of coming across a closely related word in the dictionary that sparks more connections.) While I will help my children narrow down the possible meanings of a word in grades 1-3 (or tell them to go back and find the correct one), I still expect them to use a dictionary and learn to do this on their own. After grade three they have enough grammar to distinguish between verb, noun, adjective, etc...

                    The real dictionary would also seem to be a moneysaver, long-term.

                    Blessings,
                    Jude
                    DD23
                    DS20
                    DS18
                    DS15
                    DD13
                    DS11
                    DD8

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                      #11
                      SaintJude7 I think what you're doing is a great idea. Those dictionary skills are so important. I took quite a bit of time teaching true dictionary skills in MP2.

                      I like to make sure whatever we're spending a lot of time on is congruent with the goals that the professionals had in mind. The vocabulary activity is not designed to be a dictionary activity, rather an opportunity for the student to look at an unknown word in context and try to use clues to come up with a known synonym. During this discussion with the lit guides (or GM, FMOR, etc), we briefly hit on part of speech, so obviously a synonym needs to have a similar ending to fit within the sentence (past tense endings, inflected endings, comparative/superlative endings, an adjective vs. noun form, etc). I prompt my student to try to deduce the part of speech from the context (rather than from looking it up--although she knows what the abbreviations stand for in the dictionary since MP2 had us teach a lesson it). After we do this (less than 5 minutes), I let my child use the compiled dictionary to look up the exact definition that is required for the quizzes and tests. It is large enough (usually 4 novels' worth and sometimes an additional grade subject) to give the same alphabetizing skills. It keeps the vocab section the length it is intended to be.

                      We tend to have more time allotted for dictionary skills in Classical Composition. My student loves having both her dictionary and writer's thesaurus at her work space, and when we find an interesting word listed as a synonym, occasionally we look it up. I find thesaurus work an even better opportunity to discuss words that have specific connotations that don't work within the context of the sentence. I think the lit guides are not the best place for this work because vocabulary work is done PRIOR to reading, so the student has at best 5 or 6 words from which to draw context, and that's not always fair grounding by which to eliminate alternate definitions.
                      Mama to 2

                      Summer:
                      MPK with SC1 Phonics & Math
                      SY 20/21
                      4A

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                        #12
                        Enbateau is correct. Our students do learn dictionary skills in spelling and Classical Composition, but by using a dictionary that only gives the definitions we need, we are limiting confusion and speeding up the process of completing our work. I don't need to add anything to Enbateau's post about literature vocabulary, but I did want to say that for classical studies, vocabulary is merely there to help students with words that are specific to a time period or difficult words they may not have heard before, so we don't want to spend more than 5 minutes on those words. They are merely to help the reading experience, so a simple definition is needed that can be copied quickly, moving us along to the actual story we are teaching.

                        Tanya

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by tanya View Post
                          Enbateau is correct. Our students do learn dictionary skills in spelling and Classical Composition, but by using a dictionary that only gives the definitions we need, we are limiting confusion and speeding up the process of completing our work. I don't need to add anything to Enbateau's post about literature vocabulary, but I did want to say that for classical studies, vocabulary is merely there to help students with words that are specific to a time period or difficult words they may not have heard before, so we don't want to spend more than 5 minutes on those words. They are merely to help the reading experience, so a simple definition is needed that can be copied quickly, moving us along to the actual story we are teaching.

                          Tanya
                          Ah, I understand now. My approach, regardless of the subject, has always been to have my children read through all possible meanings of a word and then isolate the specific context in which it is being used in the selection. I also do not have them look up the vocabulary words prior to reading the chapter or lesson, because I want them to be in the habit of looking up words they don't know as they come across them when reading. We do the same thing with Latin (reading through every possible definition), because that is the method that was recommended by Reginald Foster, the now-deceased Latinist for the Vatican. It does take more time.

                          Blessings,
                          Jude
                          DD23
                          DS20
                          DS18
                          DS15
                          DD13
                          DS11
                          DD8

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                            #14
                            Jude,

                            Sorry to completely divert this discussion for a very brief moment, but I don't think that Fr. Reggie is deceased -- although he is retired from the Vatican. I believe his Cicero book is being released later this year or next year.

                            Bonnie

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Bonnie View Post
                              Jude,

                              Sorry to completely divert this discussion for a very brief moment, but I don't think that Fr. Reggie is deceased -- although he is retired from the Vatican. I believe his Cicero book is being released later this year or next year.

                              Bonnie
                              Oh my goodness, Bonnie, you are quite right. I don't know why I wrote now-deceased instead of now-retired. I think a bit of what is going on in our immediate family crept in my thoughts there. We do have a loved one about to be deceased at any moment. But Reginald is still alive.

                              Blessings,
                              Jude
                              DD23
                              DS20
                              DS18
                              DS15
                              DD13
                              DS11
                              DD8

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